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Danielle Allen
Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality
Published by W.W. Norton

Danielle Allen is the James Conant Bryant University Professor at Harvard University and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her book Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality is the winner of the Parkman Prize. Her book Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael K. is being published in September 2017.







Erica Armstrong Dunbar
Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge
Published by Simon & Schuster

Erica Armstrong Dunbar is the Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor of Black Studies and History at the University of Delaware. In 2011, Professor Dunbar was appointed the first director of the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia. She has been the recipient of Ford, Mellon, and SSRC fellowships and most recently has been named an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer. Yale University Press published her first book, A Fragile Freedom: African American Women and Emancipation in the Antebellum City was published by Yale University Press in 2008. 




Garrard Conley
Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith, and Family
Published by Penguin Random House

Garrard Conley is the author of the memoir Boy Erased. His work can be found in TIME, VICE, BuzzFeed, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Huffington Post, among other places. He has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and Elizabeth Kostova Foundation Writers' Conferences and has facilitated classes for Catapult, Sackett Street Writers Workshop, and the Fine Arts Works Center in Provincetown. Conley is the memoir instructor for GrubStreet's Memoir Incubator Program and has spoken at schools and venues across the country. He lives in New York City. 



  Jim St. Germain 
A Stone of Hope
Published by Harper Collins

Born into abject poverty in Haiti, young Jim St. Germain moved to Brooklyn’s Crown Heights, into an overcrowded apartment with his family. He quickly adapted to street life and began stealing, dealing drugs, and growing increasingly indifferent to despair and violence. At 15, he was arrested for dealing crack cocaine, and the walls of the system were closing around him. But instead of prison, St. Germain was placed in "Boys Town," a nonsecure detention facility designed for rehabilitation. Surrounded by mentors, St. Germain slowly found his way, eventually getting his GED and graduating from college. Then he made the bravest decision of his life: to live, as an adult, in the projects where he had lost himself, and to work to reform the way the criminal justice system treats at-risk youth. Early in his career, St. Germain worked as a Youth Care Counselor at the same Boys Town juvenile detention facility in New York City where he was once a resident. Additionally, he worked as an advocate for young people living with mental disabilities at the Mental Health Association. St. Germain served on the Youth Advisory Council of New York State’s Division of Criminal Justice Services, and is currently a member of the Vera Institute of Justice, a research and policy organization in New York working on justice reform. St. Germain has appeared in Washington D.C. for President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing and submitted a proposal of recommendations to the Justice Department and the President. St. Germain has an Associate Degree in Human Services from the Borough of Manhattan Community College and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where he is pursuing a Masters in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy. He currently works as a Residential Care Advocate for the Office of Advocacy at the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), and he a co-founder of Preparing Leaders of Tomorrow, Inc. (PLOT), a nonprofit organization that provides mentoring to at-risk youth.





Xiuhtezcatl Martinez
We Rise: The Earth Guardians Guide to Building a Movement that Restores the Planet 
Published by Rodale Inc. (Macmillan)

Xiuhtezcatl (Shoe-Tez-Caht) is a 16-year-old indigenous climate activist, hip-hop artist, and powerful voice on the front lines of a global youth-led environmental movement. He is the Youth Director of Earth Guardians, which is committed to growing a resilient movement with youth at the forefront, empowering them as leaders and amplifying their impact. At the early age of six, Xiuhtezcatl began speaking around the world; he’s spoken at the Rio+20 United Nations Summit in Rio de Janeiro and has addressed the General Assembly at the United Nations in New York. He’s worked locally to get pesticides out of parks, coal ash contained, and moratoriums on fracking in his state, and is currently a plaintiff in a youth-led lawsuit against the federal government for their failure to protect the atmosphere for future generations. In 2013, Xiuhtezcatl received the 2013 United States Community Service Award from President Obama, and was the youngest of 24 national change-makers chosen to serve on the President’s youth council. His work has been featured on PBS, Showtime, National Geographic, Rolling Stone, Upworthy, The Guardian, Vogue, Bill Maher, Skavlan, CNN, MSNBC, HBO, and VICE, among others.



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